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Infoplease - This Day in History 

Oct 24, 1901: Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Oct 24, 1931: The George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, opened to traffic.

Oct 24, 1945: The United Nations officially came into being as its charter took effect.

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Oct 23, 1915: 25,000 women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote.

Oct 23, 1983: A suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International airport in Lebanon killed 241 U.S. Marines and sailors.

Oct 23, 1973: President Richard Nixon agreed to turn White House tape recordings requested by the Watergate special prosecutor over to Judge John J. Sirica.

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Oct 23, 1797: Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute jump from a balloon.

Oct 23, 1954: West Germany joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Oct 23, 1979: Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi, the deposed Shah of Iran, was allowed in the United States for medical treatment. This action led to the Iran hostage crisis.

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Oct 22, 1797: The navy frigate U.S. Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides," was launched in Boston Harbor.

Oct 22, 1879: Thomas Edison invented a workable incandescent electric lamp.

Oct 22, 1959: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of modern and contemporary art, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, opened to the public in New York City.

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Oct 20, 1803: The Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.

Oct 20, 1973: During the Watergate scandal, Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resigned and special prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed by President Nixon in what came to be known as the "Saturday Night Massacre."

Oct 20, 1964: The 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, died in New York at age 90.

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Oct 19, 1781: British General Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Va., bringing an end to the last major battle of the American Revolution.

Oct 19, 1812: French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte began their retreat from Moscow.

Oct 19, 1983: The Senate passed a bill (78–22) making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, birthday a public holiday.

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Oct 18, 1867: The United States took possession of Alaska from Russia.

Oct 18, 1968: The U.S. Olympic Committee suspended two black athletes for giving a "black power" salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.

Oct 18, 1767: The boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon line, was agreed upon.

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Oct 17, 1979 : Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor in Calcutta, India.

Oct 17, 1777: British Gen. Burgoyne surrendered in Saratoga, N.Y. during the American Revolution.

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